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The Accidentals

'The Accidentals' Barbershop Quartet are Darren Dirk, tenor; Chris Beebee, lead; Chuck Axelton, bass baritone; and David Aakre, baritone bass.

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COOS BAY — The Gold Coast Chorus, small but mighty, will celebrate the 65th annual “Extravaganza of Barbershop Harmony,” at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1290  Thompson Road in Coos Bay.

The Gold Coast Chorus, directed by David Aakre, will present two sets of four-part barbershop harmony, representing traditional and contemporary musical choices. The chorus is a member of the international Barbershop Harmony Society.

Local quartet “The Accidentals,” fresh from a victory as Evergreen Division 4 Seniors’ Quartet champion, will also perform. Members are Chris Beebe, lead; Chuck Axelton, bass; Darren Dirk, tenor; and David Aakre, baritone.

Another local quartet will be “Wunno Bob and the Tyrebiters,” a new quartet with members Bob Taylor, lead; Dave Oldfield, bass; Tom Jacobson, tenor; and Tom Young, baritone.

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This year’s show will be exceptionally diverse with vocal performances from many talented guests, highlighting a cappella harmony: The Sea Breeze Harmony chorus, from Sweet Adelines International, will be directed by Gail Elber; North Bend High School’s Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Ken Graber; and the Southwestern Oregon Community College Jazz Ensemble directed by Ida Jo Gates.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 12 and under, and will be available at the door or at the following ticket outlets: Farr’s True Value Hardware in Coos Bay and Coquille, and at Bandon’s True Value Hardware.   

Both Gold Coast Chorus and Sea Breeze Harmony choruses are actively seeking new singers for their truly enjoyable hobby, and will be glad to provide membership information. A complementary gift basket will be drawn for. 

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